A loan of $950 helped a member to purchase four or five piglets.

Sarah Group's story

Lhingneichong, who raised her hand in the picture, is 38 years old and lives at L.Hengjang, a small tribal village in Manipur, a state in the northeastern part of India. Villagers of L.Hengjang have practically no access to financial assistance, not even in the form of loans. Due to poverty and shortage of capital money, they are not able to take up income-generating activity.

Lhingneichong and her husband are a hardworking couple who have three school-going children. Though her husband works as a carpenter, his income is inadequate to meet their day-to-day household needs and the children’s educational expenses.

In 2009 Lhingneichong learned about WSDS disbursing loans to women's groups in the neighboring locality. To avail herself of this opportunity, she, along with four other women of the village, formed Sarah group and underwent compulsory group training conducted by WSDS. On completion of the training, Lhingneichong and other members of the group received INR 5,000 each as loans.

With the loan, she bought two piglets and with the remaining amount she built pig sty. Feeding her pigs involves a good amount of hard labor. She walks down to Leimakhong (market place), which is about 2 kms, to collect feed for her pigs. During day time she works in her small agricultural land where she cultivates potatoes, cabbages and many other vegetables for her household consumption and sale in the market.

Now she wants to avail herself of another loan of INR 10,000 to purchase four or five piglets depending on the price. And by next year with the amount she gets from the sale of these pigs, she wishes to start a small general shop in the village. She is hopeful that with God’s grace her cherished dream of having her own general store and providing proper education to her children will surely come true.

In this group: Nengkholam, Tingkholam, Lhingneichong, Kimboi, Hatneng

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